St. Francis Brooklyn men’s water polo squad opens the home portion of their 2014 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division schedule tonight with a match against local rival Iona College (2-11; 2-3 Northern Division) at the Generoso Pope Athletic Center.
The Terriers (4-6; 3-1 Northern League) are led by newcomer Bora Dimitrov, a junior transfer from Diablo Valley College who has compiled 23 goals in his first season wearing SFC red, white and blue. Junior co-captain Liam Veazey has registered 14 goals and 8 assists, while sophomore Ilija Djuretic has registered 19 goals.
Home cooking has been extremely favorable to the Terriers; over the past eleven years they’ve dropped only one home match, a 14-11 loss to Harvard last year which snapped a string of 31 consecutive home wins. Harvard will return to face St. Francis on Saturday, November 1st at 4pm.
Acknowledging what St. Francis opponents likely already know, that the particular confines of the Generoso Pope pool—one end is shallow enough to stand in—are anything but hospitable, SFC head coach Srdjan Mihaljevic said “It’s always difficult playing in shallow deep pools. Anything can happen in those settings.”
“Iona is a team that takes the best out of these situations and will look to maximize the pool size to their advantage.
However, if we keep our composure and execute our game, I believe that we have enough quality to handle anything that they may throw at us tomorrow.,” said Mihaljevic, now in his second year leading the Terriers.
Besides defending their home pool, a winning home record will help St. Francis in its pursuit of a 10th Northern division title in the past eleven years. The Terriers—ranked 20th in the latest CWPA 2014 Men’s Varsity Poll—look to capture their third straight CWPA Championship and winning their division will greatly assist in that effort. Winners of the CWPA’s three divisions—Northern, Southern Division East and West—receive higher seeding at the Eastern Championships to be held on November 21, 22 and 23 at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
In addition to Wednesday night’s match, St. Francis has five other matches at home:
October 29: vs. Fordham 7:30pm
October 31 vs. Connecticut College 8:00pm
November 1 vs. Harvard 4:00pm
November 1 vs. MIT 7:00pm
November 2 vs. Brown 10:00am
All matches are free and open to the public. For more information about this an other St. Francis Brooklyn athletic events, please visit www.sfcathletics.com or call 718-489-5490.
PHOTO CAPTION: The St. Francis Brooklyn men’s water polo squad preparing to face Harvard College in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Blue Vision Workshop).